Writers Guild Passes Strike-Ending Contract With Studios

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has ratified a new 3-year contract deal with 99% approval, ending the second-longest strike in the union’s history.

  • The strike lasted 148 days from May 2 to September 24, 2023. It disrupted Hollywood production as WGA members picketed and other unions showed solidarity.
  • The new WGA contract includes gains like minimum staffing requirements for TV, streaming residuals, A.I. writing regulations, an extra payment step for screenwriters, and a new foreign residuals formula.
  • The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) congratulated the WGA on ratifying the deal and said it’s important writers are back to work.
  • The prolonged strike caused hardship for many industry workers. Food insecurity spiked and some faced eviction.
  • Top industry executives got involved to help break the bargaining impasse, leading to a deal.
  • Many writers were satisfied with the gains in the deal, seeing it as an assertion of labor power and leverage.
  • The WGA said this deal should spur the AMPTP to negotiate a fair deal with SAG-AFTRA next. WGA will support SAG-AFTRA pickets.


Source: Writers Guild Passes Strike-Ending Contract With Studios

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